What Is CBD and Is It Legal?

Wondering what CBD is and whether it’s legal to buy? Then keep reading to learn more about CBD and what CBD can do for you!


Many countries around the world have begun legalizing CBD oils, tinctures and medicines in the last decade. While it isn’t legal in every country, it is beginning to be more readily available at a fast pace around the globe. Before you start using CBD, it’s important that you check whether it’s legal in your country and always speak with your healthcare professional before you switch medication. CBD oils which don’t contain any THC are currently legal across most of North America and has been having a large impact on people who are suffering from some serious conditions.


Here is a list of some of the states in the United States where CBD is currently legal. Be aware that the laws governing the use of CBD can be quite difficult, with CBD being legal or illegal at different federal and local levels at the same time. This list was up-to-date at the time it was written, but the legal situation could have changed.


What Is CBD?

CBD or Cannabidiol is one of the many cannabinoids which are found in the cannabis plant. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, and CBD are the two most common cannabinoids which you’ll encounter. THC is responsible for the psychoactive experience many users have when smoking or ingesting marijuana, while CBD has no psychoactive effects. CBD is available in several different forms, either as an oil, creams, or tablet. You don’t have to smoke marijuana to get your CBD, and for many people, CBD is providing a solution to side-effects and conditions which traditional pharmaceutical medication has been struggling with for years. CBD products are generally made using industrial hemp plants, not your usual high THC strains of cannabis. Industrial hemp plants aren’t grown for their THC strengths but instead utilized for products such as CBD, clothing, rope, and material.


What Are People Using CBD for?

People are using CBD to treat several different conditions and the side-effects associated with the pharmaceutical treatment of conditions. Here are some of the reasons people have been making the switch from pharmaceutical medication to CBD:

  • A recent study which was published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine found that CBD could significantly reduce inflammation and have a pain reducing the effect. Many people believe that CBD could be the next biggest pain relief treatment.


  • A pilot study which was published to Addictive Behaviors found that CBD was showing promising results helping people overcome addictions such as opioids and nicotine. Some of the side-effects associated with withdrawals such as anxiety, pain, insomnia, and mood swings could all be significantly reduced through the use of CBD.


  • A study which was published in the Current Pharmaceutical Design found that CBD could play a big role in treating patients with mental health conditions such as PTSD, anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia.


  • Seizures associated with Epilepsy and other conditions such as Chron’s Disease could also be significantly reduced through the use of CBD products, especially amongst children and teenagers.

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22 Apr 2018

By Ben Jackson

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